J.A. Bayona to direct opening episodes of Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona has been tapped to direct the opening two episodes of Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series, Deadline has revealed.
The series will preceed The Lord of the Rings: trilogy, though further details remain scarce. The show will be written by JD Payne and Patrick McKay. Bayona will executive produce with his producing partner Belén Atienza.
Here's what Bayona had to say about coming on board. (Note the reference to the 'Second Age below):
“J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team. I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story.”
Payne and McKay added:
“We are thrilled to have J.A. and Belen joining the fellowship as we continue to develop this epic series. We have been great admirers of J.A.’s work for years, and know that his epic, cinematic, and deeply heartfelt aesthetic is the perfect sensibility to bring Middle-earth to life anew.”
Jennifer Walks, Head of Amazon Studios also made a statement:
“The scope and breadth of J.A.’s world-building is exactly the right fit for our ambitions for The Lord of the Rings. He’s a passionate and collaborative director who has brought new stories to life with his multitalented producing partner, Belén. We are all excited for them to join our writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and we can’t think of a better way to begin this journey to Middle-earth.”